Diesel Down Hard In Deutschland, And That’s A Problem

More than a year after the dieselgate scandal hit, Germany finally is losing its formerly voracious appetite for diesel. Sales of diesel-powered cars dropped 19.3% in April, said Germany’s Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt KBA, which keeps track of these things.

In the months after the scandal, the diesel take rate barely budged. It started falling when politicians debated the ban of diesel cars from inner cities, and after environmental pressure groups such as Germany’s DUH successfully sought the help of the courts to force politicians into compliance with the rules they had written in the first place.

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